Water project recognised for innovation

Manningham City Council in Victoria has received a prestigious Engineering Excellence award in recognition of its lead role on the Bolin Bolin Integrated Water Management Project.

The annual award by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (Victoria Division) was presented to Manningham City Council at a special conference dinner in March.

The event coincided as construction on a 3.3 mega-litre basin began on the Freeway Golf Course.

Manningham City Council Acting Chief Executive Officer Jill Colson said the Innovative Practice and Service Delivery award was a wonderful and worthy recognition of the work Manningham was doing to maintain its network of open space in an environmentally friendly way.

“The Bolin Bolin project aims to sustainably capture and treat storm water for irrigation on sports grounds in Bulleen Park and the Freeway Golf Course.

“The award recognises the complex nature of the project, managing a significant number of stakeholders including state and federal agencies, adjoining municipalities and private businesses and education institutions.”

Manningham City Council is working in partnership with the City of Boroondara and Carey Baptist Grammar School on the construction of the integrated water facility.

Once completed, rainwater will be captured and treated, preventing local flooding and reducing the impact of sediments and contaminants entering the Yarra River.

The project will treat more than 35 mega litres of storm water per year and will meet close to 99 per cent of irrigation demand.